My partner and I live in Las Vegas and have been attempting all year to get to the Grand Canyon and do the rim to rim hike, with no luck. We're moving in August and are now getting super antsy to make sure we visit! A work event just canceled, leaving us with Memorial weekend totally free, however, I understand that it is basically impossible to get either a camping permit or reservations at Phantom Ranch in this time frame.
This is probably our last shot at visiting (at least while we live here). Is there any way of us doing the rim to rim hike? If it just ain't gonna happen, what other suggestions do you have for still having a super hiking intensive, adventurous, and beautiful Grand Canyon trip?
I appreciate your help so much!